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The J. Pius Callaghan Cup[1] is a trophy that was formerly given to the ice hockey Junior A Champion of Atlantic Canada from 1981 until 1991. The trophy is named for Joseph Pius Callaghan, sports writer for the Charlottetown Guardian, school teacher, and sports executive, by Hockey PEI.[2] From 1991 until 2006, the trophy was awarded to the playoff champion of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League. In 2006 it was retired and now resides in the Charlottetown Civic Centre. Prior to 1981, the championship was just called the Atlantic Junior A Championship.

HistoryEdit

First awarded in 1981, the Callaghan Cup was awarded to the top team to play in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland and Labrador. Prior to this, the championship was just known as the Atlantic Junior A Championship.

Depending on the year, the Callaghan Cup was the quarter-final of the Manitoba Centennial Cup National Championship and the winner would play the Dudley Hewitt Cup/Central Champions for the Hewitt-Dudley Memorial Trophy Eastern Canada Championship. Although, some years when competition in the Atlantic provinces was weak, the Callaghan Cup champion would enter the Dudley Hewitt Cup playdowns which undermined the prominence of the Atlantic Championship.

In 1991, all Maritime leagues had amalgamated into the Maritime Junior A Hockey League and the St. John's Junior Hockey League dropped down to Jr. B play. The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association gave the MJAHL custody over the Callaghan Cup as its playoff championship.

In 2006, the Maritime Junior A Hockey League retired the trophy and replaced it with the Kent Cup.

Prior to the MJAHL taking control of the trophy, the Callaghan Cup/Atlantic Championship was won by a Prince Edward Island team 9 times, a Nova Scotia team 8 times, New Brunswick 3 times, and Newfoundland and Labrador once.

Since 1995, the Atlantic Region, Ottawa District of Ontario and the Quebec champions all compete together for a spot at the Royal Bank Cup through the Fred Page Cup.

Leagues in competitionEdit

ChampionsEdit

Atlantic Canada Junior A Champions
Year Champions Runners-Up Series/Host
Atlantic Junior A Championship
1971 Charlottetown Islanders (MJAHL) Moncton Beavers (NBJHL) 4-0
1972 Charlottetown Islanders (Independent) Moncton Beavers (NBJHL) 4-1
1973 Moncton Beavers (NBJHL) Buchans Miners (NJAHL) 3-0
1974 Charlottetown Colonels (IJHL) Moncton Beavers (NBJHL) 3-2
1975 Gander Jr. Flyers (NJAHL) Charlottetown Colonels (IJHL) 3-0
1976 Charlottetown Colonels (IJHL) Sydney Millionaires (EJAHL) 4-1
1977 Charlottetown Generals (IJHL) Sydney Millionaires (EJAHL) 4-0
1978 Charlottetown Eagles (IJHL) Cole Harbour Colts (MVJHL) 4-0
1979 Sherwood-Parkdale Metros (IJHL) Halifax Lions (MVJHL) 4-3
1980 Sherwood-Parkdale Metros (IJHL) Cole Harbour Colts (MVJHL) 4-2
Callaghan Cup
1981 Cole Harbour Colts (MVJHL) Sherwood-Parkdale Metros (IJHL) 4-2
1982 Moncton Hawks (NBJHL) North River North Stars (IJHL) 4-2
1983 Halifax Lions (MVJHL) Sherwood-Parkdale Metros (IJHL) 4-1
1984 Halifax Lions (MVJHL) Summerside Western Capitals (IJHL) 4-1
1985 Cole Harbour Colts* (MVJHL) Charlottetown Eagles (IJHL) 4-2
1986 Moncton Hawks* (MVJHL) Summerside Western Capitals (IJHL)
1987 Dartmouth Fuel Kids (MVJHL) Charlottetown Abbies (IJHL) 4-1
1988 Halifax Lions (MVJHL) Summerside Western Capitals (IJHL) 4-3
1989 Summerside Western Capitals (IJHL) Moncton Hawks (MVJHL) 4-1
1990 Amherst Ramblers (MVJHL) Charlottetown Abbies (IJHL) 4-1
1991 Halifax Canadians (MVJHL) St. John's Jr. 50's (SJJHL) 4-0
Callaghan Cup permanently given to Maritime Junior A Hockey League

ChampionshipsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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